What’s Screening: September 26-October 2

What do jazz, marijuana, and the family problems of Asian Americans have in common? (And you thought it was going to be easy.) Excellent films on all three of those subjects open for all-too-limited runs open today. In fact, everything's good--very good--in this week's line-up. Oh, yes, and the Mill Valley Film Festival opens Thursday … Continue reading What’s Screening: September 26-October 2

Humboldt County

Comedy-drama Written and directed by Darren Grodsky and Danny Jacobs Movies that start as broad comedies and turn serious seldom work. The transition is tricky, especially if you don't layer in enough reality between the big laughs before the drama begins. Yet first-time writers/directors Darren Grodsky and Danny Jacobs pull it off beautifully in Humboldt … Continue reading Humboldt County

What’s Screening: September 19-25

Forbidden Lie$, Roxie and Shattuck, opens Friday. I have mixed feelings about documentaries that recreate scenes with actors, but Anna Broinowski's doc about author/con-artist Norma Khouri justified them beautifully. None of the events recreated in the film actually happened, and Broinowski reminds us of that by showing us the freshly murdered girl, covered in stage … Continue reading What’s Screening: September 19-25